How to make Begun Basanti - SK Khazana -

Another version of the popular Bengali side dish begun bhaja – topped with a delicious sauce

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Brinjal (बैंगन), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Begun Basanti - SK Khazana

Begun Basanti - SK Khazana Recipe Card

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Hindi: baingan
Also called by names like aubergine and eggplant, this purple hued fleshy vegetable is a versatile thing and fun to cook with. Dish-up a very traditional bharta with it, bake a lasagna with parmesan and eggplant or just fry it for a great accompaniment with dal-chawal, brinjal is versatile. To choose one without seeds, pick the lighter one with a smooth shiny skin.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Begun Basanti - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Brinjal 1 large

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Mustard oil 5 tablespoons

  • Mustard oil for drizzling

  • Kasundi mustard 3 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut scraped 3 tablespoons

  • Coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Green chillies slit 1-2 for garnish

Method

Step 1

Quarter the brinjal lengthwise. Sprinkle salt and ½ tsp turmeric powder over the brinjal pieces and rub till they are well coated.

Step 2

Heat 4 tbsps mustard oil in a non-stick shallow pan till it begins to smoke. Keep 2 pieces of brinjal in the pan and shallow-fry turning sides, till they are golden brown on all sides. Drain on an absorbent paper. Similarly shallow-fry the remaining 2 pieces.

Step 3

To make the sauce, take kasundi mustard sauce in a bowl, add sugar, salt, remaining Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder, remaining mustard oil, coconut, coriander leaves, green chillies and 1 tbsp water and mix well till the sugar dissolves.

Step 4

Place each brinjal piece on a separate serving plate, top each with some sauce, drizzle a little mustard oil, garnish with 1 green chilli, some coconut and some coriander leaves. Serve hot.

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